In his SONA speech last week, President Zuma said it would be “difficult, if not impossible” for reconciliation to be accomplished until land ownership in South Africa has been resolved. He announced during his address that he had sent the Expropriation Act back to Parliament in order to pursue land reform and redistribution lawfully.
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The dispute hovering over South Africa’s social grant system and threatening millions of vulnerable beneficiaries with nonpayment creates risks that go far beyond interrupting poor people’s access to desperately needed grants.
In Mozambique and many other African countries, the Great Land Grab has produced little but headlines and local opposition. In part because of that fierce resistance, mega-deal after mega-deal has collapsed (see an earlier report here).
At first glance, there is much to like about Tanzania’s proposed draft National Land Policy 2016. It provides strong statements on equal access to land for both women and men and it has, for the first time in the history of Tanzania, recognized the rights of the most marginalized and indigenous communities, such as hunter-gatherers.